Equipment and safety checks. Being taken out of service for hours. Watching as a police officer digs through your trash for gas and food receipts to prove that your records are false.
If you’re an over-the-road truck driver with an Arizona CDL license, chances are you’ve either encountered these Arizona level 1 inspections or heard about someone who has. Hard-working truck drivers trying to earn a living and support their families are now being targeted by Arizona police officers.
We understand that it can be frustrating to be held up on the side of the road for hours during equipment checks, having your privacy violated by officers going through your personal belongings and trash cans looking for food and gas receipts that they can use against you for an Arizona CDL ticket.
Arizona Zeroes in on CDL Drivers
Commercial trucking is expanding in Arizona and many over-the-road drivers are utilizing Arizona’s roads to escape passing through California. Arizona DPS officers know this and are waiting to enforce Arizona’s laws.
More and more, Arizona DPS officers are pulling over-the-road drivers off the road, taking them out of service for hours, running equipment and safety checks that are more stringent than any other state.
Police officers are able to pull over a commercial truck without probable cause. This means that if you’re driving any commercial vehicle, an Arizona DPS officer can pull you over without needing a reason.
Arizona police officers are looking for many different things when they take your truck out of service. They’re looking for hours of service violations, logbook violations, medical card records, equipment violations, over gross weight violations – all the common Arizona statutes and charges that truckers often face.
FMCSA Compliance Safety Accountability Program
Launched in December 2010, the FMCSA Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) Program has been met with criticism. Nevertheless, the CSA program is in effect and is tracking commercial truck drivers across the county. One of the key components of the CSA program is the Safety Measurement System (SMS).
The SMS uses 7 safety improvement categories (called BASICs by the CSA) to examine a carrier’s on-road performance and potential crash risk. The BASICs include:
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service)
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Cargo-Related and Crash Indicator
The CSA program tracks drivers through a scoring system, with a graduated point system that assigns more points based on the severity of the infraction. Any offense can affect your points total, including something as simple as a marker light being out in the middle of the day. The points stay on your record for three years and are added as you receive them.
Since the CSA program is public record, anyone can view your driving points. This makes your record and points total available to current and future employers.
CDLs and Speeding in Arizona
Arizona CDL speeding tickets and other moving violations can be catastrophic to your driving record and employment. Trucking companies look at all violations from the perspective that their insurance rates are going to go up. If your employer has to spend more money to insure you as a driver because of Arizona CDL tickets, it often times can be a breaking point for them, causing good drivers with years experience to lose their job.
Adding to the complexity of the issue is that many drivers are stopped for speeding along the Arizona/California border. We often defend Arizona CDL tickets that are issued in Yuma, Quartzsite and Kingman. Because California is one of only two states that still mandates a speed limit of 55 for commercial trucks, Arizona DPS officers know that Arizona CDL tickets will increase if they patrol the state’s borders.
Trucking companies that run large operations nationwide often times will let drivers go for getting a single ticket. Police officers statewide have recently concentrated their efforts on Interstate 10 and Interstate 40 especially along the New Mexico and California borders. Arizona CDL tickets are profitable for Arizona.
Arizona CDL Tickets are a Criminal Matter
All trucking violations are designated criminal misdemeanors in Arizona. If you are reading this page and you have an Arizona CDL license or you are a trucker you most likely are facing criminal charges. Having a criminal record in most cases can result in loss of employment.
Under Arizona law, CDL drivers are not eligible for Arizona defensive driving school under any circumstances – even if their ticket was given to them while driving their personal vehicle. We understand that it can be frustrating to lose your job or be passed over for employment because you received a photo radar ticket in your personal vehicle.
Corso & Rhude is well known for working with trucking companies throughout the United States. Whether you are an owner/operator, a driver, or an owner of a company with a driver that has been ticketed, Corso & Rhude can help.
Tips for Handling CDL Stops in Arizona
The Arizona CDL lawyers at Corso & Rhude have significant experience with traffic stop cases. They know that it’s important to cooperate with the authorities but not to make their job easier.
For instance, keeping a lockable file box in your truck is an important first step to making sure that your valuable receipts are protected. Having a paper shredder handy to discard of receipts and paperwork you don’t need is another important tip. Finally, it’s important to answer a police officer’s questions but keeping the conversation on track is also important. If you’ve been stopped for speeding, cooperate with the officer regarding any speeding questions he or she may have but re-direct any off-topic questions back to the original reason why you where pulled over (in this case, a speeding violation). And always remain respectful.
Why You Should Hire Corso & Rhude
Our firm handles Arizona CDL tickets for both civil and criminal violations statewide. Our Arizona CDL speeding lawyers have had a great deal of success in helping CDL drivers and truckers along the New Mexico border, the California border and in central Arizona.
Our experienced attorneys are former prosecutors who know how to work with prosecuting attorneys and will make every effort to dismiss your ticket and save your employment.
If you’re looking for a law firm that’s handled thousands of traffic and trucking violations and that will creatively and aggressively find a resolution that meets your needs, please contact us today for a free consultation.
The fact of the matter is that if you have a CDL license and you drive for a living, you are a professional driver. Your training skills and experience help to keep our roads safer. The attorneys at Corso & Rhude support the truck driving industry and are committed to providing excellent representation so that you can focus on getting back on the road.
Please contact the Law Office of Corso and Rhude today for a free consultation. To schedule a free consultation, please call (480) 471-4616.
Corso & Rhude Gets Results*
DISMISSED – Logbook Violation – Seligman Justice Court – 11/18/13
REDUCED – Logbook Violation – Eloy Justice Court – 11/7/13
REDUCED – Criminal Trucking – Flagstaff Justice Court – 9/17/13
REDUCED – CDL Logbook Violation – Apache Junction Justice Court – 9/12/13
REDUCED – CDL Weight Violation – Bowie Justice Court – 9/10/13
REDUCED – False Log Book – Ironwood Justice Court – 8/27/13
REDUCED – False Log Book – Ironwood Justice Court – 8/27/13
REDUCED – False Log Book Violation (CDL) – White Tank Justice Court – 8/7/13
DISMISSED – CDL Overweight Truck (Criminal) – Lake Havasu Justice Court – 6/21/13
DISMISSED – 14-Hour Rule Violation – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/19/13
REDUCED – Failure to Carry Registration – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/19/13
REDUCED – HMT Record Keeping (Criminal) – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/12/13
DISMISSED – False Log Book (Criminal) – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/12/13
DISMISSED – FTA (Criminal) – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/12/13
REDUCED – Weight Violation – Quartzsite Justice Court – 6/12/13
DISMISSED – Logbook Violation – Ironwood Justice Court – 5/23/13
DISMISSED – Criminal Trucking Violations – Marana Municipal Court – 12/11/12
DISMISSED – Log Book Violations – Quartzsite Justice Court – 8/23/12
*Results may vary depending on your individual circumstances. Please contact our legal support team to discuss your case.